Raven Wolf Gallery
An Online Gallery of Photography & Art
Raven Wolf Gallery Show cases the work of Suzanne Gonsalez-Smith, Wesley Smith & Ross Zirkle in an online gallery of photography and art.
I was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. I grew up in the suburbs and spent time in the countryside with my grandparents and family. Knoxville was home as I attended The University of Tennessee where I received my undergraduate degree, a BFA in Ceramics. I attended graduate school at Texas Tech University where I received my MFA in Ceramics with a minor in Metals. After graduating I taught foundations and ceramics at Texas Tech for a short time before returning to Tennessee. Upon returning to Tennessee I became the ceramic Artist in Residence at the Appalachian Center for Craft at Tennessee Tech University. While at the ACC I had the opportunity to teach evening workshop classes as well as 2 day and week long workshops and classes within the University. I spent 3 years at the Craft Center before moving to North Dakota in 2006 and accepting a position at The University of North Dakota, I am currently an associate professor in ceramics at UND.
Many people ask when did I start working in clay…my usual answer is when I got serious enough to buy a kiln in 1992 (while a sophomore in high school.) My work, as a whole, revolves around the influences of popular and specifically TV culture. Cars, automotive parts, animals, science, science fiction, mainstream and B sci-fi movies, urban legends, myth, toys, tools and technology are all part of my visual influence.
I have had work in exhibitions in Hong Kong, Canada and throughout the United States. I have written for Ceramics Monthly, and have images of my work reproduced in the books; 500 Bowls: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design, 500 Tiles: An Inspiring Collection of International Work, 500 Handmade Dolls: Modern Explorations of the Human Form, 500 Animals in Clay: Contemporary Expressions of the Animal Form, Handbuilding: Ceramics for Beginners and The Best of 500 Ceramics, by Lark Books.
SUZANNE GONSALEZ-SMITH is an AssociateProfessor of Art and Design at the University of North Dakota where she has taught photography since 2008. She received her BFA at the University of New Mexico and her MFA from the University of Kentucky. The imagery of Gonsalez-Smith's photographs contains the metaphor of memory and myth. Using the contemporary framework of her personal history and environment, she explores personal loss, religious and cultural identities and the duality of life, using symbolism to evoke the inevitability of our own mortality.
Ms. Gonsalez-Smith is the recipient of many grants and awards and exhibits on both the national and international level. She has exhibited works at The Main Street Gallery, Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, The Center for Fine Art Photography, The Chautauqua Center for the Arts, The Hampton Gallery, Circulo de Bellas Artes (The Circle of Fine Arts) Madrid, Spain, Atelier Gallery 030202, Bucharest, Romania and most recently at the Borges Cultural Center in Buenos, Aires, Argentina. She is represented by Davis Orton Gallery in New York.
ROSS ZIRKLE(1955 – 2007) was a Tamarind Master Printer and Associate Professor of Drawing and Printmaking at the University of Kentucky. Before he passed away in 2007 to cancer, he had presented his work and craft at over 24 national workshops and conferences in the past eight years and contributed to more than 25 national and international exhibitions a year as well as, several solo exhibitions. His work has been presented at the Hunterdon Museum of Art, The old Print Shop in New York, and The Monique Goldstrom Gallery in NYC to name but a few.